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(.... also view our half-hour video titled, "Environmental Impact on Water Courses", to understand stormwater pollution in typical urban/suburban settings. Advanced treatment systems, in perpetuity, may be needed that are capable of removing most stormwater pollutants including those less than 10/20 microns.)

Soil & Water Conservation Society of Metro Halifax (SWCSMH)

Updated: October 30, 2021              RESTORATION

First Lake web page (opens in a new window)


Demonstration Project at First Lake, Sackville

(.... also view the 136 pg., report on Dr. Patriquin's website)

(Note: First Lake has not improved in some water quality parameters (e.g., Total Phosphorus) to date (cf. OneDrive folder on First Lake). Irrespective of that, this project of the former Halifax County does empower the individual in taking pro-active action.)


Perhaps, the demonstration project (1994-95) at First Lake, Lower Sackville, could be applied to all watersheds anywhere without any unsubstantiated claims especially since it empowers the individual! ... with hearty congratulations from us (SWCSMH) to all the partners in this project. View the 54:47 minute educational video produced by us.

This experimental demonstration project was funded mostly by two levels of Government, Environment Canada and the Nova Scotia Dept. of the Environment under the SEDA (Sustainable Economic Development Agreement).

We herewith take liberty in pointing out that the approximate one hundred and twenty thousand dollar ($120,000) project did not document any appreciable reduction in phosphorus export inspite of the ardent hopes of the proponents of the project.

The project headed by the Municipality of the County of Halifax did not include the entire watershed of First lake; it was an demonstration project only which incorporated experimental stewardship practices of around 1-ha with another similar site as a control. This project was the successor to an approx. $45,000 study conducted as an initial assessment funded totally by the Halifax County Municipality.

Project maps:

(Source: Edmonds Landscape and Construction Services Inc., Halifax County Municipality and R.H. Loucks Oceanology Ltd. 1993/94. The First Lake Total System Watershed Management Project. Phase 1: Neighbourhood Stewardship. 30p, appendices.)

Our contribution:

We, the Soil & Water Conservation Society of Metro Halifax (SWCSMH), had filmed the entire public presentation on the demonstration project by the Halifax County Municipality which was subsequently broadcast on several occasions over the 1990s by Shaw Community Cable and carried by other cable stations in HRM on our "Science Is Your World" series.

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